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Cameron heads to China aiming to end Dalai Lama row

British Prime Minister David Cameron heads to China on Sunday aiming to reset relations with Beijing after a row over his decision to meet the Dalai Lama. Cameron's trip is aimed at fostering ties with the new leadership of President Xi Jinping and boosting trade, with more than 100 business people set to accompany him. Human rights groups have urged Cameron to press China on promised reforms. Relations between Britain and China have been frosty since Cameron met Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in May 2012.

Britain's Cameron 'turns page' on Dalai Lama row with China visit

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has put a diplomatic rift with China over the Dalai Lama behind it and Prime Minister David Cameron has no plans to meet Tibet's spiritual leader again, a senior source in his office said ahead of a visit by the British leader to Beijing. Instead, Cameron will use a three-day visit to China next week, his first since the Dalai Lama rift, to focus on deepening trade ties with the world's second largest economy, taking with him a delegation of around 100 business people.

British PM pledges crackdown on EU migrant benefits

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced plans to restrict the right of EU migrants to claim unemployment benefits, prompting a rebuke from the bloc's employment commissioner. Cameron was responding to growing calls from his Conservative party and sections of the media for action to manage the expected influx of Bulgarian and Romanians when restrictions on their entry to Britain are lifted on January 1.

Cameron puts Sri Lanka on notice over war crimes

Britain's David Cameron put Sri Lanka on notice Saturday to address allegations of war crimes within months or else he would lead a push for action at the UN. Speaking at a troubled Commonwealth summit in Colombo, the British premier warned his host, President Mahinda Rajapakse, that pressure over alleged abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict was not about to go away. But Rajapakse responded by insisting that Sri Lanka should be trusted to conduct its own inquiries, telling his critics: "People in glass houses mustn't throw stones."

Cameron puts Sri Lanka on notice over war crimes

Britain's David Cameron put Sri Lanka on notice Saturday to address allegations of war crimes within months or else he would lead a push for action at the UN. Speaking at a troubled Commonwealth summit in Colombo, the British premier warned his hosts that pressure over alleged abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict was not about to go away. But a top Sri Lankan minister said Colombo would "definitely" not allow international investigators to carry out a probe on its soil.

Tamil leader doubtful Cameron can force change in Sri Lanka

Survivors of Sri Lanka's war are hoping David Cameron may help bring an end to their suffering, but one of their political leaders warns against expecting any change of heart in Colombo. The British premier made an historic visit to the former warzone of Jaffna on Friday, pushing for action for ethnic minority Tamil civilians still suffering after the fighting ended in 2009 between Tamil rebels and government soldiers.

Cameron hears pain of war on historic Jaffna visit

As British Prime Minister David Cameron toured the muddy alleys of a poverty-stricken resettlement camp in Sri Lanka's former warzone Friday, residents raised their hopes that finally someone was listening. Cameron spoke with elderly women and barefoot children and entered their shanty homes in Sabapathi Pillai Welfare Centre outside Jaffna town to learn of their fate since the bloody fighting between Tamil rebels and government troops ended in 2009.

Cameron to hear pain of war on historic Jaffna visit

Surrounded by bullet holes and photos of bloodied reporters, newspaper editor M.V Kaanamylnathan readied Friday for an historic visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Sri Lanka's former warzone. Sitting in his home in Jaffna, Kaanamylnathan had a simple message for Cameron, who is leaving a Commonwealth summit and heading north to shine a spotlight on Colombo's alleged abuses against ethnic minority Tamils.

Cameron lands in Sri Lanka ahead of trip to former war zone

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived Thursday in Sri Lanka ahead of a Commonwealth summit which is set to be overshadowed by his historic visit to the island's former war zone. Cameron flew in to Colombo around midnight (1830 GMT) from neighbouring India on the eve of the summit, according to a photographer at the airport. The three-day meeting is being boycotted by several leaders in protest at alleged war crimes committed in the final days of Sri Lanka's decades-long ethnic conflict.

Britain's Cameron to visit China in December

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would visit China in early December to meet the new leadership in Beijing and forge business links. He said he would take a delegation of ministers and business leaders on the trip, which will be his first to the Asian powerhouse since President Xi Jinping took office in March. The trip is regarded as so crucial that the annual Autumn Statement budget update by finance minister George Osborne is being postponed by one day to December 5.
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